Bertha-> Good Lovin', Dire Wolf, El Paso, It Must Have Been The Roses, Minglewood Blues, Ramble On Rose, Promised Land, Deal
Samson & Delilah, Ship of Fools, Estimated Prophet-> The Other One-> Eyes Of The World-> Drums-> Wharf Rat-> Franklin's Tower-> Sugar Magnolia, E:Terrapin Station-> E: One More Saturday Night, E: Werewolves of London
- Thanks go to everyone who worked on and made available the sources used in this matrix. Obviously, this project would have been impossible without their prior efforts.
- For my money, 07/08/78 is a top-ten all-time show, perhaps even a top-five. Whereas a show like Cornell '77 showcases the Dead at a peak of cool, polished professionalism (one they wouldn't approach again until Fall '89-Spring '90), the final show of their Summer '78 tour reveals a group who has traded in cool polish for raw power. They stomp and tear and growl their way through a setlist that is quietly but pleasantly unusual, down to the triple encore, which ends with a rare version of "Werewolves of London."
The night kicks off with a breakneck "Bertha." The high energy established in the opener is kept up throughout the first set and into the second, which starts with a shimmering "Samson & Delilah." But the show catapults to the next level with Bobby's enigmatic pronouncement, "I'm moving to Australia." What follows is an extraordinary song-cycle that wends from a blistering "Estimated Prophet > Other One > Eyes of the World," through a novel early "Drums/Space," to a tour-de-force combination of "Wharf Rat > Franklin's Tower > Sugar Magnolia."
Then, as though wanting to launch into a whole new set, the boys proceed to trot out a "Terrapin Station" encore. It may not be the best "Terrapin" they ever played, but even so, it's quite an encore! And as though it weren't enough, they segue (literally without missing a beat) from "Terrapin" into "One More Saturday Night." Despite having already played a complete show (and then some!), they stay on for a thumping, guttural "Werewolves of London." They were obviously enjoying themselves and were in no hurry to leave the stage.
Truly, 07/08/78 is an epic night by any measure.
- Pre-show hilarity. "The bass isn't working because Phil Lesh is so stoned..." "Were you yelling 'China Cat' all last night? Somebody was. That was you! I heard you last night, yelling 'China Cat.' Down there."
- The AUD copy of the second set is missing several chunks of music, as detailed in the source info. The AUD source was patched with the SBD; naturally, I cut those patches. The missing chunks are: (1) the first 20 seconds of "Ship of Fools," (2) 10 seconds of "Estimated Prophet," (3) 26 seconds of "Drums," and (4) 12 seconds of "Franklin's Tower."
- The SBD copy is missing about 49 seconds at the end of "Eyes."
- I only retained the empty space between songs that appears on the AUD copy.
- The sources were remastered and mixed in Logic Pro 9. Clean-up (mostly of clicks and pops in the AUD) was done using iZotope RX 3 Advanced. The sets were split in WaveLab LE 7. SBE's were fixed using Trader's Little Helper. Conversions to and from .flac, .shn, and .wav were done using dbPowerAmp.
- I speed- and pitch-corrected the AUD source using the iZotope Radius algorithm. Fine-tune syncing was done in Logic Pro 9.
- I ran the AUD source through iZotope RX's Declip function subsequent to speed-correcting it.
- The SBD source is kind of 'hot,' especially the second set. I considered trying to cool it down in iZotope RX (with Declip), but in the end I decided that anything I might do to that end would result in a net loss of sound quality. So the 'hotness' remains.
September 30, 2013
SourceMatrix from Source 1: SBD (shnid=106070) Recording Info: SBD -> Master Reel -> PCM -> Roland SRC-2 -> Dat (48k) Transfer Info: Dat (Sony R500) -> Sound Devices 744T -> Samplitude Professional v11.03 -> FLAC and Source 2: AUD (shnid=91766) Analog Audience Source: FOB Master Cassettes (MAC) Medium Stock Brands: MAC = 3 x Maxell UD XL II C90 Analog
March 4, 2017 Subject:
As good as Ithaca
This show here, the Red Rocks gigue of 78 is fine fine fine! Is fast becoming my 'go to show' for listening enjoyment.
I kinda like the ' heavy' aud mix, too.
THANK YOU so much for this excellent contribution to the archive, tapers AND creator of the re master!
August 3, 2015 Subject:
This is one incredible grateful dead show.
The second set of this show is top 5 all time for me and stands right next to 5-8-77 for top shows of 77-78. Estimated->Other one-> Eyes of the world? Wharf Rat->Franklins-> Sugar Magnolia? And then a triple Encore of Terrapin->Saturday Night and the Werewolves of London? The song choices on this night are mega. they play almost a full hour after space ! the second set is 110 minutes of amazing music.
just as soon as u think they are headed to drums during estimated.. all the sudden ramps back up for the other one.. intense jam lands right into a high speed eyes of the world with gorgeous jerry solos throughout.
the playing is just out of control and intense all the way through. The bands playing in this second set is a freight train going so fast it could fly off the tracks at any minute, right on the edge of collapse and total annihilation, yet each time they bring you back safely. Incredible music all around this night in Colorado.
a few other favorites from this era are the previous night 7-7-78 and also 1-22-78, with the monumental OtherOne>CloseEncounter>St. Stephen (check it out!)
November 30, 2013 Subject:
Check out the updated version...
I've made a new, less AUD-heavy copy of this matrix. I think it's better. If you want to check it out, it's here:
November 20, 2013 Subject:
Sound is great!
One of the better matrix recordings I've heard. feel's like I'm there. A great balance between aud and sbd. Back in the day the SBD's were treasured but they are too sterile for me anymore. I want to be sweating, grinning and taking in the lights, banter and smells of the scene when I listen. Loved calling out the "china cat" heckler at the beginning, a nice gentle prod to chill out! Have to listen to the rest of the show but it feels like one of those shows where everyone was extra jazzed from the beginning...
October 30, 2013 Subject:
Best of Both Worlds
Clear Aud + Crisp SBD + Killer Show = 5 stars. Nice work on this matrix. Your time and effort are more than appreciated. Estimated>Other One>Eyes alone makes this a tremendous show (although some warbling from Donna at the start of the Estimated jam threatens to derail the whole thing, it ends quickly and allows Jerry to take over).
October 23, 2013 Subject:
very nice work. excellent performance. this show needs more recognition.
favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 4 reviews ) Source: 2 Source Matrix from Source 1: SBD (shnid=106070) Recording Info: SBD -> Master Reel -> PCM -> Roland SRC-2 -> Dat (48k); Transfer Info: Dat (Sony R500) -> Sound Devices 744T -> Samplitude Professional v11.03 -> FLAC and Source 2: AUD (shnid=91766) Analog Audience Source: FOB Master Cassettes (MAC); Medium Stock Brands: MAC = 3 x Maxell UD XL II C90; Analog